2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk AWD Diesel 180 Hp
2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Review | Attention, the Color of the bodywork, so evident, as for some exotic animals, can deceive or, equally, warn that this is not really a Renegade like the others. It is not simply because it represents the top of the range of the successful crossover, especially after the arrival of 2019 restyling, and partly because a Renegade two-wheel drive (like the Limited we tested ) will never be able to do this that a Renegade Trailhawk is capable of doing thanks to its advanced 4X4 driving management systems, born from the experience gained by Jeep, which has a lot to offer.
This baby Yankee with the desire to climb the mountains was born, like all the other Renegades, in Melfi, where soon the line for the production of the hybrid version will be set up, which will be 4×4, and this is already an interesting fact. The 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk set-up, we said, represents the maximum that you can ask from this B-SUV or crossover if you prefer, a manifesto for the desire for adventure if we want to see it in this respect.
Under the bonnet, a single possibility, the powerful 170 HP 2.0 Multijet, 4WD Active Drive LOW, and nine-speed automatic transmission. Let’s see how he gets along in the city and in his natural environment.
2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Design
Look at it well in our lower gallery and think: what it takes to make a city SUV, whose dimensions, even if it doesn’t seem, are less than 4.3 meters, a car able to offer the true adventurous spirit that has always been does the American brand stand out, now under the control of FCA? It acts on the details, on the protections, on the tires and, for 90%, on what is not seen.
Well, before venturing into the technique, without going into detail (that’s why our Technical Focus is there ), to distinguish the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, both outside and inside, we think about them, the various badges, mostly red, scattered on the car, including the Trailhawk inscription positioned just below the right-hand rear light.
As if that were not enough, the black matte sticker on the hood (Black Hood Decal), distinctive of this specific arrangement. The yellow paint is not the only available but certainly the most striking. The only standard is the Colorado Red, however impressive, while there is the option to have your Renegade Trailhawk in two-tone, metallic or exclusive Matt Green, which is very nostalgic for the military past, like the Jeep Willys and the US Army.
Unlike Limited, Trailhawk is equipped with Full LED lights as standard, with circular elements on the front deliberately similar to the headlights of the new Wrangler presented last summer. On the B side, we also find the red tow hook (up to 1,500 kg with the 2.0 Multijet), another characteristic sign of this set-up and unchanged in shape and color regardless of the body color. How do you recognize that it is made for the offroad? Looking at it from the front from the different front shield, to suggest a greater angle of attack, and from the different height on the road, brought in this case to 210 mm.
Inside the 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, the same impression it had on the Limited, it offers a well-kept cockpit that offers a great feeling of breath. Even on board, the feeling is that of getting on a bigger car than it actually is, and if you think about it, this is also one of the main features that those who want to take a car classifiable as an SUV or crossover. Without getting lost in explanations that go beyond the model itself, the 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is recognized by the presence of various red-colored elements, a color that we also find on the stitching of the leather seats of the car being tested.
Other details that capture our attention are the prominent speakers of the Beats audio system which is combined on the Uconnect 8.4 with a navigator. Red / black retinas can instead be useful for storing small objects when the car is facing jolts due to the nature of the road, or rather off the road.
The seats, standard in fabric, have an 8-way electronic adjustment, a nice advantage to immediately find the most comfortable position, while the steering wheel, which has remained untouched compared to a Limited, always seems too big, personal opinion, but nice to hold. On this set we also find the automatic leather shift lever, the cruise control with steering wheel controls, the dual-zone climate and, right after the engine, the control of the various driving modes , thanks to the which the Trailhakw adapts in an instant to the type of fund you have in front, specifically Snow, Sand, Mud and Rock, this last addition with Model Year and selectable only with the 4WD Low mode inserted. If you are in the city or on the motorway, the “Auto” mode will do everything by itself, bringing the task of driving the car to the front-wheel-drive alone, saving on fuel consumption.
Steering wheel, and seats, which can be heated, in addition to the defrostable windscreen, they are another function present on the car being tested but are part of the Winter Pack, on request, which does not provide for coexistence with the electronic adjustment of the seats. With the various packages available it is true that the price goes up, it’s up to you to decide how much to spoil you.
A front USB socket, a back one and a large boot (351 – 1297 liters) complete the picture of the interior of this Jeep Renegade Trailhawk we tested.
The Trailhawk confirms, even more, that when you board a Jeep Renegade, whatever it is, the feeling is always to sit on the most classic off-road vehicle, high up on the ground and with that feeling of domination you like. This is the Trailhawk, with the difference that compared to a “simple” two-wheel drive you go down the dirt roads which is a pleasure.
Said of the various driving modes, which work thanks to the excellent Select-Terrain, the increased height, the improved attack angles (30.5 ° at the front, 34 at the rear) and, in fact, the all-wheel drive allows to go where no B-SUV could imagine to take you, at least in recent times where the target audience is moving towards the fairer sex, not that there are no off-road enthusiasts among women, be it clear.
Little stream in front of you? No problem, the ford capacity is 480 mm, practically double the height of the car from the ground. Thanks to the Jeep Active Drive Low system, a sort of electronic simulacrum of the expensive and reduced old gears, the Rock mode comes in handy when really the Renegade is asked for the maximum, or the highest possible grip from each wheel, so as to grip on inaccessible funds. The Hill-Descent Control, which is activated by another button next to the 4WD Low mode, allows tackling steep descents by continuously intervening with light braking on the braking system, thanks to ABS.
All technologies that serve to push it beyond its limits or, most of the time, we want to imagine, to suddenly make it a docile city crossover. Yes because the Trailhawk is confirmed as an off-road animal, the Jeep DNA is there and pulsates in every single cell, but, at least in the case of our test, mainly divided between a good part of the city and less than motorways, the car has not at all disfigured.
Starting from the highway, before talking about the engine’s performance, it must be said that the Cp of 0.37, against the 0.34 of a Renegade 2WD, weighs on consumption. The 2.0 Multijet was created to be a park and offer lots of torque at the bottom (350 Nm at 1,750 rpm) but miracles do not happen against the front section of a Renegade. If we were surprised by the consumption of the new 1.0 T3 engine of 120 bhp, only and exclusively mounted on the front wheels, the same can be said of this diesel engine that represents the top of the range.
The declared consumptions are, in the combined cycle (WLTP) of 6.6 l / 100 km, we have been, with the predominantly urban use we mentioned, around 7.6 l / 100 km, with some points of 8.0 after several consecutive days of city use only. However good results considering the Cx and the weight of the car: with all-wheel drive and all the electronic trinkets it touches the 1,660 kilograms in running order.
The diesel 2.0 engines of the Jeep Renegade are also already Euro 6d approved thanks to the “SCR on filter” system which drastically reduces NOx emissions through the injection of AdBlue and helps to “trap” the harmful particulate matter.
Safety? On the Renegade Trailhawk, it abounds thanks to the new contents added with the arrival of the mid-career restyling. As standard we find Lane Sense Departure Warning-Plus systems (lane departure warning system and consequent steering intervention to bring you back between the lines, unless the direction indicator is activated), Intelligent Speed Assist equipped with Traffic Sign Recognition, the Advanced Brake Assist, whose alarms are rather acute if you do not set them through the appropriate settings on the Uconnect screen.
Upon payment, we find on the Trailhawk the Adaptive Cruise Control, the Blind-Spot Monitoring and the Rear Cross Path Detection, the latter enclosed, with the rear camera and the parking assistant, in the Parking Pack.
Defects? One cannot say a car that is noisy, even from the cockpit, with the 2.0 that inflates the chest especially when it exaggerates with gas, and, with the four-wheel drive activated, as usual, consumption goes up.
2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Pricing & Rivals
If the Renegade 2020 range starts at a price of $25111 (1.0 T3 petrol with Sport equipment) the 2020 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, as the top of the range, starts from a decidedly higher price, or $41,142. The standard equipment, however, is rich and includes practically everything, from the 17 “specific alloy wheels for the offroad to the rear tow hook, from the suspensions always calibrated for the offroad to the underbody protection, and we could go on with Uconnect 7” with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two-zone climate, parking sensors and the various Trailhawk stylistic features you learned about in the design section.
Is there anything? It would seem so, more cannot be asked, unless you want to add gems like the double panoramic roof that can be opened electronically, the leather seats, the rearview camera glass. In this way, the $44,842 are easily exceeded, remaining just under $50,447; atypical figures for a B-SUV, although tending to premium, but in doing so you will not be able to really ask for more from your Renegade.
Difficult to find a real competitor, none like her, apart from the only Suzuki Jimny, different for DNA and price, knows how to offer the same prowess while remaining a city SUV. We could almost rename it the little Wrangler this Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, a definition that seems to fit like a glove.